Posing as a member of the Nigerian Royal family, he mingled with diplomats, captains of industry and senior police officers.
Dr Yilkyes Bala was chauffeur-driven in a black Bentley and hosted sumptuous dinners at the Dorchester to mix with society’s elite. But the supposedly flourishing businessman was in fact a criminal mastermind responsible for an ambitious immigration racket.
But the racket, which continued for up to 16 years, unravelled when the Home Office employee was caught out.
Investigators found he did not inherit the honour, but he claimed it was bestowed on him later in life, and they have been unable to disprove this.
Accomplices: Bala’s second wife Giwo Tonglele, 46, left, was jailed for five years and Casmir Ekwuhga, 42, right, was jailed for four years for taking part in the conspiracy
But a huge investigation, which Bala claimed cost up to £10 million, unravelled his empire and exposed him as a ruthless conman.
Jailing them, Judge Heather Norton said the scam was well organised.